Posts for tag: Sensitive Teeth

November 27, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Gum recession is when the tissue that surrounds a tooth begins to wear away, leaving the tooth and its roots exposed. You may notice sensitivity, teeth appearing longer or notches above the tooth. If recession goes left untreated, pockets may develop in the gums allowing food and bacteria to build up. This can lead to advanced gum disease and may end with having the tooth removed.

What are some of the things that cause gums to recede? 

1. The main cause of gum recession is periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease damages the bone and gum tissue that keep your teeth in place.

2. Genetics is also a factor in gum disease and recession.

3. Inadequate dental hygiene, like brushing aggressively, can wear away at the gum tissue. Tartar build-up due to a lack of brushing and flossing can also cause gums to become damaged. 

4. Teeth grinding or clenching can be another cause of recession. If done with enough force, gums can actually begin to recede. 

5. Lip or tongue piercings can rub the gums and irritate them to the point where gum tissue is worn away.

Proper oral care is the first step in ensuring your gums remain healthy. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day as well as visit the dentist on a regular basis for check-ups.

Are you concerned about the health of your gums?

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD to receive a periodontal exam.

October 17, 2016
Category: Dental Health

In our previous blog article, we discussed the usual suspects that cause tooth sensitivity and also introduced dentinal sensitivity. There are a lot of different things that can play a role in your dentin being subjected and the resulting sensitivity. They include but are not limited to:Tooth Sensitivity

Brushing technique/tools - Do you brush harder thinking it will clean your teeth better? Don’t. If you brush with too much force it can wear your enamel away. Additionally, you should be careful about the type of brush you use. If your brush has bristles that are too stiff or hard it can damage your enamel.

Foods that contain acid - Similar to certain diseases, if you eat foods that contain a lot of acid, it can cause the acid to erode the enamel of your teeth. Examples of foods high in acid are pickles, tea, tomatoes, and citrus fruits.

Gum recession - Dr. Samuels sees many patients whose gums, overtime, shrink back. This leaves parts of your tooth exposed that used to be covered by your gums. If you notice your teeth looking longer you may be experiencing this. 

Bad oral hygiene habits - If you do not consistently brush, floss, use mouthwash, and visit the dentist, you may be more susceptible to cavities and plaque build-up. 

Bruxism - If you are experiencing pain when you wake up from a sleep, you may be grinding your teeth. If you are grinding your teeth,  you may be physically wearing away the enamel of your teeth. 

Medical ailments - Diseases like bulimia and GERD (heartburn) can cause more acid to be present in your mouth and erode the enamel of your teeth. 

The best way to restore the enamel of your teeth is to use fluoride. Fluoride will help your teeth rebuild enamel and protect your dentin. 

For more information, or to schedule a visit at our office in Rockville, MD, contact us online or call us at our office today!

October 03, 2016
Category: Dental Health

Last week we introduced tooth sensitivity. Continuing our discussion from our last post, we now look at some common causes of sensitive teeth. 

Sensitive Teeth Rockville DentistBelow are five common causes of sensitive teeth in no particular order:

Dental trauma (injury) - If your tooth has experienced an injury like a bruise, crack, or fracture, it can cause your tooth to become sensitive. You may even feel sensitivity during a cleaning or having a filling placed. Once your injury heals, your sensitivity should subside.

Uneven bite - If your teeth are not properly aligned, and are hitting too soon or with too much force, it can cause tooth sensitivity. Your teeth may not be aligned correctly due to thumb sucking, losing jaw bone density, or losing one or more teeth. If you receive a bite adjustment, your sensitivity will cease.    

Tooth decay - If you have a cavity, you will experience sensitivity when consuming something hot or cold, or something that contains a lot of sugar. This sensitivity comes from germs and bacteria reaching to nerves of your teeth. Once you receive a filling, or another type of restoration, the sensitivity should subside. 

Dental infection - If you have some type of infection in your tooth you may experience some sensitivity. Once the infection is cleared your sensitivity will disappear. If you do not have your infection cleared it can cause extreme sensitivity as well as serious health issues. 

Dentinal sensitivity - Your enamel is the protective barrier of your tooth. If your enamel has been worn down, your dentin becomes exposed. If your dentin becomes exposed it can causes discolored teeth and tooth sensitivity, A fluoride treatment will help strengthen your enamel.

Make sure to be on the look out for our next blog post where we will discuss what causes enamel to wear down and expose the tooth’s dentin. If you are in the Rockville, MD area and would like to see Dr. Samuels about your tooth sensitivity, or any other dental health issues, please contact us today at 301-881-4200.

September 19, 2016
Category: Dental Health

Did you know that nearly 50% of the US population suffers from some level of tooth sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity can range from being just annoying, to causing extreme pain, and everything in between. Tooth Sensitivity

Do you experience some pain in your teeth when consuming something that is hot, cold, sweet, or sour? Are your teeth tender when pressure is exerted on them? If so, you may be experiencing some form of tooth sensitivity. Why are you experiencing this?

Unfortunately, having sensitive teeth may be a symptom of a dental issue that needs to be treated. Treatment for your sensitive teeth will vary depending on what the cause is. However, no matter the cause, you should take tooth sensitivity as a big hint that you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist. 

The causes of sensitive teeth are vast and can include things like trauma and disease. The best way to find relief for your sensitive teeth is to determine what is causing it. In our next post on tooth sensitivity, Dr. Samuels will discuss some of the most common causes.

If you are in the Rockville, MD area and would like to consult Dr. Samuels about your toot sensitivity, or any other dental health concerns, please contact us today!

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